Tue, 23rd Nov 2021 13:00

November 2021 Classics Auction

 
  Lot 54
 

c.1960 BMW Isetta 300
Lovingly restored and ready to be enjoyed.

Registration - 419 MKN

Chassis No. - A323815

M.O.T. - Exempt

Odometer - 41,210

Little is known about this pretty three-wheeled Isetta that appears to have been imported and first UK registered in 1980. Since then it has had six keepers, the most recent of whom has retained it for the last five years. Lefthand drive, finished in cream over red and trimmed in maroon and white, it is described by the vendor as ‘lovingly restored’ and has only recently been both rewired and repainted. He informs us that the microcar ‘runs very well and is ready to be enjoyed’

Bubblecars were born of the need for cheap short-distance transportation in the post war years. The most successful of the breed was the Isetta, whose origins lay with the Italian firm of Iso SpA (Isetta is Italian for ‘little Iso’), which later built the infinitely bigger and faster Rivolta sports car. Not surprisingly, the diminutive two-cylinder, two-stroke-powered four-wheeler caused a sensation when it appeared at the Turin Salon of 1953, and Iso went on to build some 1,000 or so in Italy and Spain. Many more were built under licence in France, Belgium, Brazil, Britain and Germany, where they were manufactured by BMW. BMW made the Isetta their own. They redesigned the powerplant around one of their four-stroke motorcycle units and re-engineered so much of the car that it is said that none of the parts between a BMW Isetta and Iso Isetta are interchangeable. The 300 model was introduced in 1956. The obvious difference was the increase in capacity from 250cc to 298cc, raising the output from 12bhp to 13bhp. While the torque was improved, the top speed remained the same at 53mph.

In summary:

  • ‘Lovingly restored’ and recently rewired and repainted
  • A three-wheeled example, meaning it can be driven on a motorcycle licence
  • Equipped with the desirable 298cc engine

'A Buyer’s Premium applies to the Hammer Price of this Lot if your bid is successful, as per the following;  Motor Cars, Motorcycles Watercraft and Bicycles 12.5% + VAT (minimum £145 + VAT); Registration Numbers 15% + VAT (minimum £50 + VAT); Automobilia 15% + VAT (minimum of £5 + VAT).'

Sold for £9,667

(Inclusive of Buyer's Premium)


 

Registration - 419 MKN

Chassis No. - A323815

M.O.T. - Exempt

Odometer - 41,210

Little is known about this pretty three-wheeled Isetta that appears to have been imported and first UK registered in 1980. Since then it has had six keepers, the most recent of whom has retained it for the last five years. Lefthand drive, finished in cream over red and trimmed in maroon and white, it is described by the vendor as ‘lovingly restored’ and has only recently been both rewired and repainted. He informs us that the microcar ‘runs very well and is ready to be enjoyed’

Bubblecars were born of the need for cheap short-distance transportation in the post war years. The most successful of the breed was the Isetta, whose origins lay with the Italian firm of Iso SpA (Isetta is Italian for ‘little Iso’), which later built the infinitely bigger and faster Rivolta sports car. Not surprisingly, the diminutive two-cylinder, two-stroke-powered four-wheeler caused a sensation when it appeared at the Turin Salon of 1953, and Iso went on to build some 1,000 or so in Italy and Spain. Many more were built under licence in France, Belgium, Brazil, Britain and Germany, where they were manufactured by BMW. BMW made the Isetta their own. They redesigned the powerplant around one of their four-stroke motorcycle units and re-engineered so much of the car that it is said that none of the parts between a BMW Isetta and Iso Isetta are interchangeable. The 300 model was introduced in 1956. The obvious difference was the increase in capacity from 250cc to 298cc, raising the output from 12bhp to 13bhp. While the torque was improved, the top speed remained the same at 53mph.

In summary:

  • ‘Lovingly restored’ and recently rewired and repainted
  • A three-wheeled example, meaning it can be driven on a motorcycle licence
  • Equipped with the desirable 298cc engine

'A Buyer’s Premium applies to the Hammer Price of this Lot if your bid is successful, as per the following;  Motor Cars, Motorcycles Watercraft and Bicycles 12.5% + VAT (minimum £145 + VAT); Registration Numbers 15% + VAT (minimum £50 + VAT); Automobilia 15% + VAT (minimum of £5 + VAT).'

Auction: November 2021 Classics Auction, Tue, 23rd Nov 2021

This auction of classic cars, motorbikes, registrations & automobilia will take place in the Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airport's Runway Visitor Park.

We are delighted to be running this live event in the shadow of Concorde, without doubt the most iconic passenger aircraft in history.

Free parking for auction attendees.

As with all Hampson Auctions there will be a fantastic and varied mix of lots to reflect both the individual interests of collectors whatever stage of the collectors journey they are on. 

If you wish to consign your vehicle to this auction, you can request a valuation here or by calling on of the team on 01606 828124

Viewing Days:
Monday 22nd November 12pm - 7pm
Tuesday 23rd November 9am - 1pm
 

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